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Tech News Today 141: Pay In Wingnuts, Write In Dingbats

by TWiT

Published December 20, 2010

Unholy marriage of Nokia and Microsoft?, Google disappears Google TV, Kinect lightsaber fights, and more.

Run time 40:52
Producer TWiT
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English


Tom Merritt
Sarah Lane
Darren Kitchen
Jason Howell


Top Stories

Verizon teases Android LTE hardware for January 6th at CES, and Motorola it will launch its first Android Honeybcomb device
Motorola Teases CES Tablet Launch

Nokia, Microsoft Considering Windows Phone 7 Nokia Phones: Reports

Google TV Going MIA at CES?
NYT: Next batch of Google TV devices delayed, pending software updates
Sony says Google TV sales meeting expectations, TV division working more closely with Google than cellphone group

Discussion Stories

Can Zuckerberg Leap the Great Firewall of China?
Facebook in China: Connecting with 1bn people – and the censors

Wall Street Journal says apps may violate privacy, fingers MySpace and Pandora
WSJ: Mobile apps routinely share private data with third parties

AT&T buys Qualcomm's FLO TV spectrum for a cool $1.9b, promises 4G awesomeness
Qualcomm Sells FLO TV Wireless Spectrum to AT&T For Nearly $2 Billion

UK Gov't Wants To Block Internet Porn By Default
'Porn lock' heralds death of WikiLeaks, internet, democracy, universe
Internet porn block 'not possible' say ISPs

News Fuse just launched to the public four days ago, giving everyone the ability to make a snappy-looking personal page about themselves. AOL seems to have loved the idea as TechCrunch reports AOL is paying $10 million to acquire No Groupon attitude at apparently.

Microsoft has quietly discontinued Office Genuine Advantage (OGA), which required users verify the legitimacy of their Office software before being able to download add-ons and templates from Microsoft, as well as download software updates Microsoft deemed "non-critical." The OGA program had been put into place in late 2006.

You know all those clarifications we made about 4G? Yeah you can forget them now. ITU, the standards body in charge of the definition of 4G now says the term "4G" realistically could apply to LTE and WiMAX, and to other evolved 3G technologies providing a substantial level of improvement in performance and capabilities with respect to the initial third generation systems now deployed."

It's a jolly electronics Christmas this year. According to ComScore. computer hardware is the product category showing the most growth for the season so far, a 25 percent increase compared with last year. Other consumer electronics, like TVs have grown 22 percent among online buyers over the same period last year. Computer software (not countin games) grew 16 percent.

The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) confirmed that Google has deleted personal data collected by Google's UK Street View cars. Some was deleted in November, but legal wrangles in other countries meant that the remaining data, all of which the firm said was collected in error, took more time to erase. The deletion was carried out by US forensics firm Stroz Friedberg.

More than 100 one-star reviews claim that Amazon's non-lighted Kindle cover has problems that cause the device to freeze or reboot itself. Amazon says it's looking into the issue and if anyone is having any problem with an Amazon-manufactured Kindle cover, contact, and they'll replace it for free or accept a return for a full refund, no matter when the cover was purchased.

Engadget reports that Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors are out a few weeks ahead of CES. All three chips showed up in retail boxes in an image coming from Malaysian electronics store Compuzone. The 3.4GHz Core i7 part costs 939RM ($301), followed by 609RM ($195) for the 3.1GHz 2400, and 585RM ($188) for the 2.8GHz 2300.

Google is definitely getting into the original content space, be it by YouTube or Google TV. Paid Content reports Google is hiring Malik Ducard, who is currently senior vice president of digital distribution at Viacom-owned film studio Paramount, according to sources. Ducard is in charge of selling programming for Viacom, so speculation abounds about his role at Google.

Kickers and Weird Science

Two Kinects join forces to make 3D telepresence, enable virtual light saber battles


FCC votes on Net Neutrality tomorrow
Foursquare location service adds comment, photos
Nexus S UK launch bumped back to December 22nd, price cut affirmed
Best Buy Cancels Fees, Offers iPad Bundles
Free GV calling extended in Gmail through 2011
Total lunar eclipse begins at 11:41 p.m. PST Monday or 2:41 a.m. EST Tuesday. The totality phase — when the moon is entirely inside Earth's shadow — will last a little over an hour.


"I work on site at NASA, which is technically not a military site but is a .GOV domain, and I thought I would let you guys know that it's even worse than you know. About the same time as the military sites banned access to WikiLeaks, our internal web site filters also turned off access.. but moreover we cannot even access sites with the text ""wikileaks"" in the URL! I can go to straight and do an instant search for it, but no regular http site with the text ""wikileaks"" is viewable internally through our proxy, and almost none of the links from the google search work. We have received several internal memos stating that viewing any of the leaked information violated security policy (as it should), but I usually have to wait until I get home before I can read any news about the wilkileaks situation. Just an FYI... not sure if all government facilities are operating the same."

"In regards to the Google antitrust case in the EU, in which Google is being investigated for not incorporating other search engines, I think that either I'm missing something, or the EU is--because to my knowledge, Google's business is not to find, review, and rate other people's software--in this case search engines. As far as I know, in order for Google to include someone else's search results into the site, they must either spider pages that are linked to from other sources (say, links to forum posts), or they would have to pass on the search query to the other site. This is especially true for something like maps; you couldn't possibly cache every map location for every address you could put into the engine. And even if you could--would Google really be willing to, or should it be expected to? It raises serious concerns as to how it would affect the speed and security of the search, even ignoring the quality of the search.

Love the show, Vincent from Virginia"


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